Parent Update Announcements


posted Nov 9, 2018, 4:33 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope that this email find you and your families well.

When coming to parent conferences tonight and/or tomorrow, please check the lost and found items displayed on the first floor near the grand staircase.  There are many pieces of clothing as well as footwear, lunch boxes, water bottles and so forth. Any of these items left over after the long weekend will be donated.  Also, there are several pieces of jewelry as well as a pair of glasses in the main office that we’d like to get back to their rightful owners.

If you’re hungry after tonight’s conferences, head on over to Fratello’s and help support the Class of 2019.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Our major LEGO/Robotics event is only a week away and we are in dire need of volunteers.  Please click here to sign up!

Congratulations to Jesse Powers on successfully getting into the Middle Level Honors Festival this year with his mallet audition!  The festival will take place in Salem, New Hampshire on Friday, March 15. Way to go, Jesse!!

For parents of kids of all ages, the PTA is sponsoring a presentation by Shen Curley, Family Nurse Practitioner student at Rivier University.  She is conducting a Health Promotion Project to address insecurity and low self esteem in adolescents. You will learn how to help your adolescent who may be struggling in building their self-confidence.  This will take place at the GES library on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30.

Many of our students in all grade levels will be taking part in the 2018 Holiday Cards 4 Our Military-NH Challenge. The Holiday Cards challenge is an effort to collect thousands of greeting cards for military service members. Last year, nearly 17,000 cards were collected for Navy sailors here in the state; this year, organizers will be expanding the program to all five branches of military service. Students only need to sign their first name and include their city and state to their cards. The challenge is open to everyone, not just students.  We will be collected the cards the Tuesday before we leave for Thanksgiving Break.


Thank you and have a nice weekend.



Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, December 08, 2018:
Class of 2019 Fratello's Fundraiser.pdf


posted Nov 5, 2018, 4:27 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I hope you had a happy Halloween.  Did your kids get too much candy? If so, you can donate your extra treats to support our Troops, Veterans and First Responders!  Last year Operation Gratitude collected more than 400,000 pounds of candy, distributing it to US Troops serving far away from home, Veterans, and First Responders.  This year, Ms. Scudder’s homeroom would like to increase that donation as a way of saying “Thank you” to all who have served. You can bring in individually wrapped, fun-sized Halloween candy next week; please do not donate bags of loose candy.  Students can bring them to Ms. Scudder’s room and they can also be brought to the front office during parent conferences next week.

I have attached to this email two documents.  One regarding the GHS Interact/Gilford Rotary’s upcoming, “Tea Party” on November 10 and the Gilford Got Lunch Election Day Food Drive next Tuesday at the Gilford Youth Center.

Next week, our Student Council will begin their “Showing Gratitude Campaign.”  Members will be working lunches selling thank you notes ($2 for 1 or $5 for 3).  The notes will be attached to baggies of candy and delivered Thanksgiving Week. Staff and students will be able to write a thank you note to a friend, teacher, student or colleague showing them appreciation for making them laugh, standing up for them, listening to them, helping them etc.  Anything that “filled their bucket.”

Next week’s events:

Monday = School Board Meeting at GHS Library (5:30-7:00); Presentation of School Board Proposed Budget at GHS Auditorium (7:00).

Thursday = No Homework Group; Parent Conferences (3:00-6:00)

Friday = No School; Parent Conferences (8:00-3:00)

Thank you and have a nice weekend!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, December 02, 2018:
GGL Election Day Food Drive Flyer 11-6-2019.pdf


posted Oct 25, 2018, 10:21 AM by Suzanne Bowen


Good afternoon.  For parents of 5th, 6th and 7th graders, the slots for the PTA After-School Spanish/French Program are quickly filling up.  There are only a few more spots for Spanish left. I also have a lot of parents who would like to have their child take French, too.  On Monday, I will start filling the remaining spots with parents who requested both French & Spanish. Just email me with your child’s first and second choices, please.

I have attached a letter from our athletic director, Rick Acquilano, regarding the upcoming winter athletic season.

Tomorrow night is our annual Halloween Dance for 7th and 8th grade.  Please be sure that your child’s costume is school appropriate and that they are picked up from the dance promptly at 8:30.  The dance begins at 7:00 with a cost of $5.00. There will be pizza, water and snacks on hand to purchase.

If you would like to sign up for a student/parent conference, you can do so via our school’s website.  If there is a date/time that does not work for you, please do not hesitate to email the teacher to arrange a different time.  

The November 5th School Board Meeting will be held at 5:30 in the high school library.  At 7:00 that same evening, there will be a public presentation of the School Board’s budget in the high school auditorium (Lecture Hall A).

I have also attached to this email, the annual Gunstock Ski Club Sale which will take place tomorrow night from 4:00-8:00.

Lastly, there is a third attachment with information on the Gilford Youth Center’s Haunted Village which takes place on Halloween from 4:00-6:00.  Cost is $8.00.

Have a great weekend and keep you Sox on!


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, November 24, 2018:
letter to parents winter 2018 ghs-gms.docx
ski flyer.jpg


posted Oct 19, 2018, 9:38 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  As you well know, I’ve been “interviewing” each student here at the middle school.  I am now through the 7th and 8th grades and have begun the 6th grade today. Each time I sit down with a student who is new to our school I always ask them to tell me one thing that is better here than their old school and vice versa.  The first thing that each and every new student said was that the kids here are nicer than their old school. High praise and a major bucket-filler. I’m not surprised but it is certainly nice to hear.

I have attached to this email the latest newsletter from our Parks & Recreation Department.  Check out the interesting events that they offer.

If anyone has some old wooden furniture laying around their garage/bar that you’d like to get rid of, the high school’s production of Les Miserables would to see a photo of it.  Perhaps the theatre department can take it off your hands?  Just submit the photo to technical director, Scott Piddington.

Laconia High School is hosting a presentation by Robert Hackenson who will be discussing the issue and dangers of vaping.  This will be held in their auditorium on Wednesday, November 14 from 6:30-8:00.  

The next volunteer clinic will be held at the SAU on Wednesday, November 7 from 8:00am-9:00am.  The process takes about 20 minutes; new sessions start every 10 minutes. Photos will be taken for ID badges.

The next Cribbage Play will take place on Tuesday from 2:30-3:45 in our cafeteria.

Good luck to both our Cross Country and Field Hockey teams as they compete tomorrow in “postseason” play.  The field hockey team begins their tournament in Winnisquam (9:55) and the cross country team runs in the championship at Coe-Brown (11:30).

Stay tuned for information how to sign up for parent conferences which will be held on Thursday, November 8 (3:00-6:00) and November 9 (8:00-3:00).

Thank you and have a nice weekend.  And how about them BoSox?!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, November 18, 2018:
Vaping Presentation Promo.pdf


posted Oct 12, 2018, 11:17 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  I am a fiercely proud principal today.  Yesterday, we had our annual community event to help out the folks in Laconia by carving pumpkins for their PumpkinFest.  Our students and staff carved more than 300 pumpkins for the event. I had to be out yesterday so I did not witness what people were raving about today.  The students did an amazing job with their behavior, enthusiasm, and collaboration. The custodial staff was thrilled as to how well they cleaned up; it’s not an easy task to keep the building clean while carving 300+ pumpkins.  Kudos to my staff for their leadership. Kudos to Gigi Johnson and her merry band of volunteers for their major impact. And kudos to the MB Tractor and Marc Bourgeois for not only purchasing the pumpkins but also delivering them to the school and then coming back today to deliver them to downtown Laconia.  A couple of their employees also came down to help to unload the pumpkins alongside Mrs. Moynihan and her members of Student Council (who were awesome today, by the way). A great collaborative effort between school, parents and a local business.

The after school Chess Club begins on Monday and runs each Monday in our cafeteria from 2:20-3:30.  Once again, this is a collaborative effort with high school.

If your child will be participating in a winter sport and has NOT taken the computer-based impact/concussion impact test, please have them see our school nurse, Mrs. Haddock, to arrange a time during a study hall or early release day to complete the test.  In addition to the impact testing, a current physical must be on file in the health office for sports participation. For current 5th graders, the exam date must be no older than November, 2017. Please contact Mrs. Haddock, if you have any questions.

Also, registration on FamilyID will be open beginning Monday, October 15.  Winter sport start dates are as follows: Nordic Skiing (12/3); Alpine Skiing & Basketball (11/19); Unified Basketball (TBD).

Next week’s events:

Monday = School Picture Retakes (for retakes, simply have students come to school with their current pictures)

Tuesday = A/B Boys Soccer @ InterLakes (3:45/5:00); Cross Country Meet @ Plymouth (4:00)

Wednesday = Early Release (12:20); A Field Hockey @ Franklin (3:30); A Volleyball @ Franklin (3:30); B Boys Soccer @ Franklin (3:30)

Thursday = A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/4:45); A Volleyball (3:30)

Friday = A/B Boys Soccer @ Belmont (3:30)

Thank you and I hope you get a chance to check out PumpkinFest this weekend.  And, of course, Go Sox!



posted Oct 9, 2018, 4:30 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  As I emailed to my wonderful staff earlier today, the next few weeks could prove to be tough ones to endure; full of stress, late nights, exhaustion, frustration, etc.  Yes, the Red Sox are in the playoffs and expectations are high. We can get through this….

Mrs. Baron, who does a masterful job of managing our library, will from time-to-time conduct STEM challenges for students to take part during their study hall.  This past week, they participated in the “Gumdrop Structure Challenge.” Using 10 gumdrops and 20 toothpicks, they had to design a structure that could hold the weight of a middle school yearbook.  They had to be familiar with “load distribution”, different types of structures, shape comparisons and even physics. I believe the winner was able to create a structure that held 4 middle school yearbooks without collapsing.

Mrs. Barbour, our talented Reading Specialist, has a challenge of her own; and that is for the middle school students to read 5,000 books this year.  Last year our student body read more than 4,500! She has created a “thermometer” to measure our progress toward our goal and to increase the number of “million word readers.”  

Next Thursday, we will be doing our to support a community event by carving pumpkins for the city of Laconia’s annual Pumpkin Festival.  Marc Bourgeois of MB Tractor has, once again, generously provided us enough pumpkins for each student to carve. Gigi Johnson of our volunteer steering committee is the brains (and brawn) behind this event.  Without those two, this probably would not take place this year. Many thanks….

You and your family can get free flu shots at any of the 11 ConvenientMD locations (8:00-8:00, 7 days a week).  No appointment is needed. They do charge insurance at No Cost to the patient but also offer flu shots At No Cost to patients without insurance.

I have spent the past two afternoons with the Legosmiths/Robotics team as they prepare for their November 17 competition; stay tuned for how you can help.  The theme this year is “Into Orbit.” The students were practicing their presentations with me which were about problems that travelers would meet in space and how they would solve those problems.  They also have to build and program robots to complete tasks (from simplistic to extremely difficult) that space travelers would encounter. I was very impressed with their knowledge of the material and their enthusiasm; they were much smarter than the audience (me).

Tips from the Middle Years* - In School Every Day - One of the best ways to help your child have a successful year is to make sure he attends school every day from start to finish.  If he asks for a “day off,” explain that learning is his job. To keep up with new material and participate in class, he has to be there. You can let him know that his days off come during winter break and spring break.  Regular attendance at school now will create a habit that he’ll continue through his school years; and one day, on the job.

Events Next Week:

Monday - No School (Columbus Day)

Tuesday - Policy Committee @ GHS (7:30am, agenda attached); A Girls/Boys Soccer (3:30/4:45); A/B Volleyball @ Moultonborough (4:00/5:00)

Wednesday - Cross Country Meet @ Prospect Mtn (4:00); Meadows Committee @ SAU (6:00)

Thursday - A/B Field Hockey (3:30/4:45); Cross Country Meet @ Plymouth (4:00)

Friday - A Boys/Girls Soccer (3:30/4:45); A Field Hockey @ Laconia (3:30); A/B Volleyball (3:30/4:30)

Thank you and enjoy the long weekend.  And go Sox!


*Resources for Educators, September 2018

Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, November 04, 2018:


posted Sep 28, 2018, 6:44 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Sep 28, 2018, 6:48 AM ]

Good morning.  I am working my way (slowly but surely) through the 7th grade for my “principal interviews.”  And as usual, there are little nuggets of information that I find fascinating. Speaking of “nugget,” one of our students has a Chinese Dwarf Hamster (didn’t know there was such a being) named, “Nugget.”  One of our students is very proud that her dad is a star on the television series, “Northwoods Law.” Don’t worry, he’s on the “right” side of the law on the program. An entire family (parents and 3 children) all had Mrs. Peters as their teacher in the 3rd grade!  And another student is teaching herself to play the piano; she was inspired by Mrs. Sanborn’s keyboarding class here at GMS!

Tip from the Middle Years* - A+ Organizing Strategies - Create Command Centers:  Encourage your tween to keep school-related materials in specific places so she’ll always know where they are.  Have her choose a spot near the front door for items like her backpack, musical instrument, and gym shoes so they’ll be ready to go when needed - Use 5 Minute Wonders: Suggest these habits that take only a few minutes.  Before leaving school each day, she can scan her planner to check dates and deadlines for assignments/tests. - Keep an Estimate Log: Knowing how long tasks actually take will give your tween an edge when organizing her time.  Suggest that she time herself completing different types of schoolwork. She could write the times in her planner refer them later to help her budget accurately in the future.

Next week’s events:

Monday = A Girls Soccer (4:00); B Volleyball (4:00); A/B Field Hockey (4:15/5:15); School Board Meeting @ GHS (6:00; agendas attached)

Tuesday = A/B Boys Soccer @ InterLakes (4:00/5:15); Cross Country Meet @ Belmont (3:30)

Wednesday = A/B Field Hockey (4:00/5:15); Early Release (12:20)

Thursday = A Girls/Boys Soccer @ Gilmanton (4:00); A/B Field Hockey (4:00/5:15); B Girls/Boys Soccer @ Moultonborough (4:00);  A/B Volleyball @ Gilmanton (4:00/5:15)

Thank you and have a nice day!


*Resources for Educators, September 2018

Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, October 28, 2018:
10-1-2018 Gilford Gilmanton Joint Board Meeting Agenda.pdf
10-1-2018 Gilford School Board Meeting Agenda.pdf


posted Sep 25, 2018, 6:57 PM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Sep 25, 2018, 6:58 PM ]

Good afternoon.  Exciting news to share with you right off the bat!  Our own Amber McLane was just selected as the NHAHPERD Middle School Physical Education of the Year!!  We have always known that Mrs. McLane has been on the forefront of improving both health and physical education but it is certainly nice (and most deserving) that she has been recognized by the state of New Hampshire.  There will be a ceremony in her honor later in November at the annual NHAHPERD Conference in Waterville Valley.

The next fingerprinting/orientation session is October 9th from 8:00-9:00 at the SAU.  More details can be found on the school district website under “Announcements.”  If you are willing to volunteer at our Lego League event in November, then you need to be sure to go through this process.  

Please consider supporting the PTA by becoming members.  You don't have to to do anything (unless you want to) besides submitting payment.  It is important to give back to a group (which will pay dividends in the future) that has been so generous to the school district. Just click here to register!  I have also attached documents regarding their fundraising efforts in the month of October.  And you can also support the PTA by shopping on their online clothing store for Gilford Schools gear and clothing!  Show your school spirit!

And speaking of helping, I have once again attached documents regarding the Gilford Got Lunch program.  There is information about the program, how you can be of help and how you can register to receive assistance.

I have continued my “principal interviews” this week and have gotten into the 7th grade.  The conversations never cease to amaze me as to where they lead sometimes. One student’s family used Homing Pigeons to help train their dog to hunt (specifically point).  I never realized that was a possibility. Unfortunately, it did not work out so well as the dog tried to eat one of the pigeons. Two different students answered when asked, “what fills your bucket with happiness?”, that he enjoyed making homemade pasta with his mom and the other said that she just likes to sit down and chat with her parents.  Pretty cool stuff. When asked if they had any special talents, one student answered, “I used to be able to lick my elbow.” We have a couple of surfers, a student who danced in Times Square, one who participates in mountain archery atop a Percheron horse (they are huge; Clydesdale like!), and a student who is bilingual; Spanish/English. You have some pretty amazing kids.  Yes, we also talk about school but they enjoy sharing what goes on in their lives outside of these walls, too.

Next Week’s Events:

Monday = A/B Boys Soccer (3:30/4:30); A/B Volleyball (3:30/4:30); B/A Field Hockey @ Newfound (3:30/4:30)

Tuesday = 8th Grade Field Trip to Camp Lincoln (7:30-4:30)

Wednesday = A Girls/Boys Soccer @ Laconia (3:30); B Girls/Boys Soccer @ Barnstead (4:00/5:00); A Volleyball @ Laconia (3:30)

Thursday = A/B Field Hockey @ Kingswood (4:00/5:00)

Friday = Cribbage Play (2:30-3:45); A/B Boys Soccer (3:30/4:30); A Girls Soccer @ Alton (3:30); A Volleyball @ Alton (3:30); Cross Country Invitational (4:00)

I hope you have a chance to catch some of the high school’s Homecoming contests tomorrow!

Take care,


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, October 21, 2018:
2018-2019 GGL school Program enrollment info.pdf
2018-2019 school program application WEEKEND BAG.pdf

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posted Sep 13, 2018, 12:25 PM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  This past Tuesday was one of the most special of days here at the middle school (and even the elementary school!).  This wonderful community worked with the fine folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation and put on an assembly about kindness and doing for others.  It culminated with Gard Family having their “wish granted” for their son, Georgie. Batman and Spiderman were even on hand to make it even more special.  I know I speak for Danielle over at the elementary school in that we have never seen such a fine audience. There were nearly 800 people in the auditorium and the students from both schools were simply awesome; lots of buckets were filled on that day.

Please follow this link to the computer network “acceptable use policy” paperwork.  This must be completed and turned in before your child can access the school’s network.  Please do so as soon as possible.

Homework Group has begun after school. This runs from 2:30-4:00 from Monday-Thursday (except on Early Release days).  Students may use this time to complete their homework and get help from the teacher and/or paraprofessional each of whom oversee the program.  Students must be picked no later than 4:00, please, and students who are not using their time wisely or are disruptive to others will be asked to leave.

I was able to sit down with some more 8th graders this week.  This has been the best part of my day; getting to know my students better.  If they enjoy it half as much as me, then it is a big win. Some of the interesting things I learned this week was that we have a 3-time Junior Olympian swimmer, a Junior National racquetball player, a student who was recognized by the police in Maine for helping the deer population, a YouTuber who has done a review on slime, has worked at the Children’s Auction since she was 4 years old, has earned their CPR certification and someone who has a pet fish, “Senor Pez.”  All very good stuff!

Follow this link for a free parent forum regarding “developing digital responsibility in our children” sponsored by the New Hampshire School Board Association.

I have also attached to this email four documents; two regarding the Gilford Got Lunch program.  Please take a look at these if you’d like to help out or if you are in need of some assistance, and two regarding the fundraising efforts of our very generous PTA.

Next week’s events:

Monday - A/B Boys Soccer @ Winnisquam (3:30/4:30); A/B Field Hockey (3:30/4:30); A Girls Soccer @ Interlakes (4:00); A/B Volleyball @ Winnisquam (3:30/4:30)

Tuesday - A Field Hockey (3:30)

Wednesday - Early Release (12:20); A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/5:00); A/B Boys Soccer @ Belmont (4:00); Cross Country @ Alton (4:00).  All athletes must go home after the early release dismissal and then return to school for their games/practices later in the day.

Thursday - Cross Country @ Laconia (4:00)

Friday - A/B Field Hockey @ Kennett (4:30/5:30)

Thank you and I hope to see you at Open House tonight!


Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, October 13, 2018:
2018-2019 GGL school Program enrollment info.pdf
2018-2019 school program application WEEKEND BAG.pdf


posted Sep 10, 2018, 4:15 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Notification from: Gilford Middle School

Good afternoon.  The weather has finally broken and our students (and staff) can now stop melting.  I have to give both a lot of credit as it is not easy to teach and learn in such hot/humid weather.  They’re troopers, for sure!

Next Thursday is our Open House which runs from 4:30-6:00.  You may come and go as you’d like. This is a chance for you to meet your child’s new teacher and check out the school.  In November, we will hold our parent conferences where you will have a chance to sit down and talk about your child’s progress so far this year.

I have begun my “principal interviews” with students this past week.  By the end of October, I hope to have sat down with each and every student to talk about what good things “fill their buckets,” school, and just to have the chance to get to know them a little better and for them to get to know me a little better.  I have met with nearly 40 8th graders so far and I have enjoyed our little chats very much. I have learned some pretty cool things about what they do. I have learned that we have a professional air-soft competitor; the owner of a pig named “Gronk;” that we have an official squirrel hunting season here in New Hampshire; one of our students is going to earn his Black Belt in Karate later this month; the proud owner of a Norwegian Fjord Horse is going to compete for the first time the weekend; someone is a practicing blacksmith and a member of the Civil Air Patrol; one of our students traveled to Africa to take part in a safari; one of our students used to have a pet shark; we have a relative of Red Sox legend, Carlton Fisk; and, finally, I was surprised to learn that there are many families here in Gilford who have chickens (me, being one of them!).  I cannot wait to discover new things about our students as I sit down with them.

In the next day or two, your child will be bringing home a Health Information Form.  It will be on blue paper. At your earliest convenience, please review, complete and sign in the three areas where it asks for parent/guardian signature and return it to the school.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Next week’s events:

Monday = A Boys/Girls Soccer (4:00/5:30); A/B Volleyball (4:00/5:00)

Tuesday = School District Policy Committee Meeting [agenda attached] @ GHS (7:30am); A/B Field Hockey (3:30/4:30); Cross Country Meet (4:00); Cribbage Play (2:30-3:45)

Wednesday = A/B Boys Soccer (3:30/4:30); A/B Girls Soccer @ Belmont (3:30/4:30); A/B Volleyball @ Belmont (3:30/4:30)

Thursday = A Field Hockey/A Volleyball/B Boys Soccer (3:30); Open House (4:30-6:00)

Friday = A/B Boys Soccer @ Alton (3:30/4:30); A/B Volleyball (3:30/4:30); A/B Field Hockey @ Bow (4:00/5:15); A/B Girls Soccer (3:30/4:30)

Thank you and have a great weekend!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, October 07, 2018:
Agenda 9-11-2018.pdf

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